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Putin's motives questioned as Russia targets pro-Western rebels, not Islamic State, in Syria

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(Worthy News) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, ignoring Washington, escalated his war in Syria against Islamist armies Wednesday by launching a sea bombardment along with air and land attacks.

NATO allies said the Russians are overwhelmingly targeting pro-Western rebels, rejecting Moscow's public relations line that it is going after a common enemy: the Islamic State's terrorist army.

The West increasingly views Mr. Putin’s military adventure as an effort to rebuild the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad by eliminating opposition groups funded and organized by the United States. They see little evidence that he is hitting facilities run by the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, ISIS and Daesh. [ Source ]

'More than 90%' of Russian airstrikes in Syria have not targeted Isis, US says

A large majority of Russia's military strikes in Syria have not been aimed at the Islamic State group or jihadists tied to al-Qaida, and have instead targeted the moderate Syrian opposition, the US State Department said on Wednesday.

“Greater than 90% of the strikes that we’ve seen them take to date have not been against Isil or al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists,” said spokesman John Kirby. [ Source ]

U.S. Rules Out Cooperation with Russia as Moscow Launches First Naval Strikes on Syria

The U.S. ruled out strategic collaboration with Moscow in the Middle East and said Russia has built up a ground force inside Syria with heavy weaponry that could support a Syrian army offensive.

Russia escalated its assault on opponents of Bashar al-Assad’s regime with its first naval bombardment on Wednesday. It launched a volley of 26 medium-range cruise missiles from four warships in the Caspian Sea nearly 1,000 miles away.

For the first time since Moscow’s direct intervention in the Syrian conflict a week ago, Russian warplanes and helicopters appeared to be aiding a ground assault by pro-regime forces and militias against rebel forces focused in the central Syrian province of Hama, according to opposition activists and fighters. [ Source ]

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  1. Isaiah 17:1 “See, Damascus will no longer be a city
    but will become a heap of ruins.
    2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted
    and left to flocks, which will lie down,
    with no one to make them afraid.
    3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,
    and royal power from Damascus;
    the remnant of Aram will be
    like the glory of the Israelites,”
    declares the Lord Almighty.
    4 “In that day the glory of Jacob will fade;
    the fat of his body will waste away.
    5 It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain,
    gathering the grain in their arms—
    as when someone gleans heads of grain
    in the Valley of Rephaim.
    6 Yet some gleanings will remain,
    as when an olive tree is beaten,
    leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches,
    four or five on the fruitful boughs,”
    declares the Lord, the God of Israel.
    7 In that day people will look to their Maker
    and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
    8 They will not look to the altars,
    the work of their hands,
    and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles[a]
    and the incense altars their fingers have made.
    9 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation.

    10 You have forgotten God your Savior;
    you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress.
    Therefore, though you set out the finest plants
    and plant imported vines,
    11 though on the day you set them out, you make them grow,
    and on the morning when you plant them, you bring them to bud,
    yet the harvest will be as nothing
    in the day of disease and incurable pain.
    12 Woe to the many nations that rage—
    they rage like the raging sea!
    Woe to the peoples who roar—
    they roar like the roaring of great waters!
    13 Although the peoples roar like the roar of surging waters,
    when he rebukes them they flee far away,
    driven before the wind like chaff on the hills,
    like tumbleweed before a gale.
    14 In the evening, sudden terror!
    Before the morning, they are gone!
    This is the portion of those who loot us,
    the lot of those who plunder us.

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